Preparing for Halloween

For Halloween I bought a hot dog costume, and I had a request for a “red Mario ghost from Luigi’s Mansion”. Eamon had no option whatsoever since I was determined that he would wear the awesome Bowser costume I made for Conor five years ago.
Eoin’s red ghost costume was harder than I expected. I probably overthought it, and added netting, and lighting…

My brain is burning

We made our way to the school Halloween party. We had helped out earlier by making a fishing game, cracking glowsticks, decorating the gym…

Don’t expect any photos from the party, it is INSANE!

Attaching the stalk to the pumpkin

Freestyle spider web

On Saturday our town had its annual Halloween Stroll. The TV station has awesome green screen pictures ready for the costumes. See if you can find the “real” hot dog!?


Eamon had to go around the stroll TWICE so his hockey-practicing brothers could each get a turn. Needless to say he exhibited a pure sugar crash at the end.

I Defeated Bowser!

On Sunday it was high time we carved our pumpkins. I had a blast helping the boys pick their own design.

Some boys liked the pumpkin guts more than others…

We have a spooky, a King Boo, and an angry pumpkin

On Halloween we went to a neighborhood party then hit up the neighborhood. I never manage photos of trick-or-treating, but it was a lot of fun. We even managed more houses as the boys are getting older.

PS. Eoin ended up being a ninja for real Halloween. The red costume had wearability issues…


Crafts in the Morning

Sometimes setting up a crafty activity for Eamon in the morning keeps him out of my hair long enough to fix the boys’ lunches.

Water painting

Stickers and markers

Summer Library Programs

Our local library has some good events throughout the summer to keep the kids engaged. Papa was in Korea in July when I figured I could probably survive some woodworking with the boys. We brought our own brand of crazy to the proceedings, but it was great feeling of accomplishment.

The boys were great at taking turns with the hammer

Eamon started to paint himself at the end…

Sun Pictures

When Papa stayed home to help me out after my knee surgery, I had to find some projects outside so he could attempt to do some work during the day. A lovely sunny day was perfect for making sun pictures! I got the idea from my Martha Stewart Living magazine last year. We tried it once last summer and it was a lot of fun.

I’m shocked they’re not touching it

Notice the Lego is now smashed

“Don’t touch Eamon!”

The pictures came out VERY well. I loved the effect that happened to the Lego because it was bulkier. There was a great shadow effect. I sent that to Dad for Father’s Day so I don’t have a picture of it.

The axe was moved by a boy’s foot so that one came out weird

We continued the sun theme by planting sunflowers

Teresa The Enabler

My friend Teresa is the most skilled enabler of craftiness I have ever met. She has a wonderful knack of justifying all manner of yarn purchases and woolly activities. So when the boys and I had her over to dinner a couple of weeks ago I was not surprised (and entirely delighted) that she had brought crafty things for the boys to do. They took one look at the gorgeous white pumpkins she brought them and they knew they had to be a different color. Now, while I love to be crafty with the boys I rarely do it because of the mess and the decibel level to which my voice rises… But this was FUN!


More paint please!!!

We have also had tons of fun with the Halloween stickers and Eoin and I took ownership of the really cool stained glass painting crafts – a Frankenstein, a vampire, and a pirate, ARR!

Sun Pictures

This summer in Boston has been hot hot hot. What to do when there is a drought and never any clouds? Make sun pictures of course!


Lay down your special photo paper, then your items (a snake skin and a Big PapiĀ  gold chain), then plexiglass


Give them a bath in water with a squirt of lemon

Next step: Put them in a large book to get flat then forget which one they’re in and be unable to show the blog…

It Feels Good to Get Crafty

Papa was away again last week, and we were invited to a Memorial Day weekend cookout. I wanted to bring a hostess gift, and a pie, so I stole some time during Eamon’s preferred method of “micro-napping”. It felt good.

Chopping chocolate, with just-etched-with-Armour-Etch Cowboys and Patriots glasses in the background.


I decided I would try a S’mores Pie I saw in my Martha Stewart Living magazine. I didn’t get a photo of the finished product, but it was tasty!


This is what “puffed and toasted” looks like